Guerrilla Reclamation of Parking

Picked up from the SHIFT list, folks are beginning to re-think whether on-street parking spaces are the highest and best use of land. Here are examples in New York and San Francisco.

I remember a few years ago in Antwerp, I saw lots of cafes that had their sidewalk seating not in the sidewalk itself, but on a wooden platform built in the parking strip (and fenced from the traffic).

I compute that the monthly ‘rent’ on a metered parking space in Portland is $343 ($1.25/hr x 11 hours/day x 25 days paid parking). What uses would have higher value for the square footage?

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